Chelsea close to signing 27-year-old who Conte wanted last summer – report

Chelsea are poised to sign Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater after missing out the England star last summer, according to reports

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Chelsea are poised to sign Danny Drinkwater as the England midfielder prepares to tell Leicester City that he wants to leave, according to reports in England.

The Daily Mirror is reporting that the Premier League champions are edging closer to a deal to bring the 27-year-old box-to-box midfielder this summer.

The same article states that the Blues wanted to sign Drinkwater last summer but Leicester were unwilling to sell N’Golo Kante and the English midfielder to Chelsea in a double deal.

According to the story, Chelsea gave up on the prospect of signing both Foxes stars in order not to jeopardise their attempts to recruit the France international.

The Daily Mirror reveals that Conte has been impressed with Drinkwater’s “work rate and game intelligence” as the Chelsea boss looks to bolster his squad ahead of a return to the Champions League.

Chelsea are in the market to sign a new midfielder after Serbia international swapped the English champions for Manchester United in a £40m deal.

The west London side are currently gearing up for their Community Shield clash against Arsenal at Wembley on Sunday afternoon as they look to win their first trophy of the season.

Fact file: Danny Drinkwater

– Danny Drinkwater started his career at Manchester United but never made a senior appearance for the 20-time English champions.

– The 27-year-old spent loan spells at Huddersfield Town, Barnsley, Watford and Cardiff City before moving to Leicester City.

– Drinkwater won the Premier League title in his fifth season with the Foxes and contributed two goals to their title-winning campaign.

– His club performances earned the tenacious midfielder a call-up to the England national team in 2016.

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